Happy Mardi Gras Acadiana. Turn on 99.9 KTDY NOW, the extended version of the Mardi Gras Polyester Power Hour is on till noon. Nothin but fun songs from the 70s, 80s and lots of Mardi Gras music. Remember to make those KTDY signs and hold them up high during the Independent parade to score a newly designed 2020 KTDY Mardi Gras t-shirt. (Thanks to Rytek in St. Martinville.)

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Today is Fat Tuesday, Spay Day USA and Pancake Day. Ihop is giving everyone a free Short Stack of buttermilk pancakes per guest, 7 AM - 7 PM.

TODAY IS NATIONAL

184 years ago - In 1836, Samuel Colt patented the revolver.

101 years ago - In 1919, Oregon taxed gasoline, the first state to do so.

 

63 years ago - In 1957, Buddy Holly & The Crickets recorded 'That'll Be the Day' which ended up becoming the band's first hit.

56 years ago - In 1964, seven-to-one underdog Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston. The next day announced that he had converted to the Muslim faith and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

34 years ago - In 1986, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie won Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards for 'We Are the World'.

6 years ago - In 2014, 'Dating Game' host Jim Lange died of a heart attack at the age of 81.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Twins James and Oliver Phelps are 34. Actors.

Rashida Jones is 44. Actress.

Chelsea Handler is 45. Comedian/Author.

Justin Jeffre is 47. JJ in 98 Degrees.

Sean Astin is 49. Actor.

Daniel Powter is 49. Singer.

Téa Leoni is 54. Actress.

Nancy O'Dell is 54. 'Entertainment Tonight'.

Carrot Top is 55. Comedian. He's worth $75 million.

Ric Flair is 71.  Wrestling legend.

Karen Grassle is 78. Caroline Ingalls on 'Little House on the Prairie'.

Sally Jessy Raphael is 85. Talk show host.

George Harrison  (1943 - 2001) While he was alive, George preferred to celebrate his birthday on the 24th but his birth certificate said the 25th.

DAYS TILL

• 12 days until Daylight Saving Time.

• 36 days until April Fools' Day.

WEATHER

Today: Sun by this afternoon, 69.

Tonight: Clear, 46.

Wednesday: Sunny, 56.

Thursday: Sunny, 54.

Friday: Sunny, 64.

Saturday: Sunny, 67.

Sunday: Sunny, 70.

Happy Mardi Gras to all.

cj and jenn